POLICE Constable Kevin Lee was so keen to stay in the force he became a special the day after he retired.
Born and raised in Stafford the British Empire Medal recipient spent most of his 34 years on the beat in Rugeley.
During his time there he built up a relationship with residents and offenders.
On one occasion a thief who had stolen meat from a shop went straight to the police station to hand himself in after the manager said he was going to contact PC Lee over the town's store watch scheme.
Government cutbacks saw him retire in November but he wanted to stay on the beat so much he signed up to be a special.
He now spends 40 hours a week on the same patch.
"I didn't want to retire and the only way I could stay was to become a special," said the 55-year-old.
He is still waiting to hear when he will collect his British Empire Medal announced in the Queen's birthday honours.